UNU-MERIT Training Programme in
Design and Evaluation of Innovation Policy in Developing Countries (DEIP)

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 22-26 February 2010
Deadline for application: 21 January 2010

The United Nations University- Maastricht Economic and Social Research and Training Center on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), Maastricht and The Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI) are jointly organizing a training course on the Design and Evaluation of Innovation Policy (DEIP). The UNU-MERIT is one of the leading research and training centers on innovation and technology.  In particular, the Centre provides tailor-made training on the design and evaluation of innovation for developing countries. 

The course will be held in Addis Ababa at EDRI training hall (ground floor) from 22-26 February 2010.

The Context
Ethiopia is one of the poor countries in Africa striving to get out of poverty and achieve fast and sustainable economic growth.  The Ethiopian government has introduced successive reforms and forged strategies to raise and consolidate the trajectory of growth since the early 90’s.  In the context of agricultural development led industrialization (ADLI), Ethiopia has adopted an overall strategy of economic growth and development called PASDEP (Plan for Accelerated and Sustained Development to End Poverty), complemented with sectoral policies and strategies.  In particular, industrial development is guided by an export-oriented strategy since 2003.  In the past five years, the country has posted unprecedented economic growth of double digits.  Albeit this achievement is remarkable, there are gaps to be filled.  In spite of the country’s commitment to foster export-led industrialization, the Ethiopian economy is not integrated into the global market at the desired level.  This global integration is constrained by a number of factors including dearth of entrepreneurial skills and low technological capacity.  In recognition of this missing link, government is embracing increasing interest in innovation and technology development.  This training program is inspired to contribute towards filling this gap by way of awareness creation and skill enhancements in the area of innovation policy and technological development in the Ethiopian context. 

Expected Benefits
After attending the course, participants will be able to:

  • Better appreciate the various components of an innovation policy and especially to distinguish between financial and non-financial instruments and their impact;
  • Understand the importance of policies to increase the supply of technically trained human resource(s) for R&D and other innovation activities;
  • Improve the collection and presentation of conventional indicators and innovation surveys so as to use them to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of specific instruments of innovation policies;
  • Familiarize themselves with methods of policy evaluation;
  • Improve their understanding and use of innovation system perspective as a focusing devise in formulating policy and strategies to identify and promote productive activities in the context of a rapidly changing global economy and;
  • Appreciate how innovation policy can be useful in global competition and policy learning.

The Teaching Staff
The training will be conducted by distinguished lecturers from United Nations University- Maastricht Economic and Social Research and Ttraining Center on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), Maastricht. Several experts will be invited from the region or other developing countries to reflect the experiences and needs of Ethiopia.

Venue and Date
EDRI Training Hall, Ground Floor, Blue Building, Near National Stadium, from 22 to 26 February 2010.

Target Clientele
EDRI aims to avail the training opportunity to relevant high and middle level officials and experts of federal and regional governments, management of innovation supporting institutions or agencies and representatives of the private sector. Participant from other African countries in the region can apply, but there are limited places in the course for this purpose.

Number of Participants: 40-60

Selection Criteria of the Candidates:
The candidate's qualifications, experiences, and the relevance of their present work to innovation and policymaking will be the main selection criteria.

Course Completion Certificate
All participants who successfully complete the course will be given a course accomplishment certificate.

Reading Materials
Participants will be provided with a compilation of key reading materials.

Course Fee
There is no course fee for participants. Participants from outside Ethiopia are expected to arrange for their own travel funding.

The language of the training will be English (in particular with regards to the international speakers). The lecturers will be a combination of international and regionally based speakers.

Training Course Topics
The list of typical topics to be considered during the course includes (preliminary list):

  • General perspectives on innovation policy
  • Emergence of innovation policy as a separate policy from science and R&D
  • Integration of innovation policy into wider policy objectives (growth, employment, regional policy etc)
  • rationale for innovation policy in developing countries
  • Design and evaluation of innovation policy: a conceptual and theoretical framework
  • Challenges in the design of innovation policy: lessons from developing countries
  • Sectoral innovation systems
    • Building innovation systems in agriculture
    • Innovation in service sector (tourism)
  • innovation policy and industrial development
    • promotion of non-traditional exports: global value chain, standards and innovation
    • policies to the effect of  FDI and other forms of technology diffusion
  • Instruments to promote innovation
    • Financial instruments
    • Human resource development
    • Standards
  • Innovation and promotion of small and medium enterprises (SMEs)
    • the role of venture capital and policies to promote it
    • networking, clustering and innovation
  • Infrastructure for innovation: incubators, science parks, business support and cluster policy
  • Evaluation methods and monitoring innovation
    • The use of conventional STI indicators
    • Non-conventional indicators


Application deadline is 21 January 2010
Selected candidates will be notified before 29 January 2010

Application: Please send your application form and CV to any of the contacts cited below. The application form can be also downloaded from the following institutional links.

application form (Word)
application form (PDF)

Mr. Getachew Yoseph
Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI)
Near National Stadium, Blue Building, P.O.Box 2479, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel 251-11-550 60 66
Fax 251-11-550 55 88
Ms. Eveline in de Braek
Secretary to the Training Programmes
UNU-MERIT, Keizer Karelplein 19, 6211 TC Maastricht, The Netherlands
Tel. +31-433884449, Fax +31-433884499.

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